- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The forest service is implementing permits for campers at a popular Oregon backpacking destination.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1K7Yt4d) Jefferson Park in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness saw a 41-percent increase in campers from 2012 to 2014.

Willamette National Forest recreation program manager Matt Peterson says this rise in activity prompted the change.

People looking to camp in the area next year will need to reserve a spot in advance for between $6 and $9 per night.

Peterson said the hope is that the permits will reduce the number of visitors who arrive to find the park’s 30 designated campsites full. He said people sometimes pitch tents wherever they can find room, which can cause damage to the environment.

The new rule only limits camping permits, not the number of visitors.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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